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Matt Gaetz Fact-Checks MSNBC and Shows the Sham by Adam Schiff

October 28, 2019 - 6:00am
Hallie Jackson, Matt Gaetz and Adam Schiff
Hallie Jackson, Matt Gaetz and Adam Schiff

Last week Washington D.C. and the media complex were in a collective uproar over events in the House of Representatives. A couple of dozen GOP members, led by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla. held an impromptu press conference and then staged a sit-in where Adam Schiff was conducting a closed-door hearing.

As the expected voices of outrage and condemnation rained down, Gaetz did not waver in his stance that what has been taking place is Adam Schiff controlling the investigation and not allowing for full disclosure. The congressman sat in with MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson, and while the hostess challenged Gaetz on his actions, he did not allow her to control the narrative. It became a revealing exchange, in which Gaetz had to correct the record as it was being manipulated on air.

“I haven’t heard you say anything since Bill Taylor testified," challenged Jackson. “Yes or no, is it OK for any politician to trade military aid for political favors?” she asked. Gaetz did not equivocate. “Look, I’m not going to get into the specifics of the Taylor deposition because I wasn’t present for it,” he replied. 

This is a significant detail. Adam Schiff has not allowed the full House to have access to the deposition, yet here is a member of the press moving forward with details. It illustrates the manner in which Schiff has been limiting access to witnesses and controlling what information is leaked to the media.

Jackson worked the angle of that leaked intel, trying to pin down Gaetz on testimony supposedly received by Schiff on the committee. Gaetz was not playing along. “From the selective witnesses Adam Schiff provided who aren’t subject to cross-examination. Like you’re playing the game here. You’re playing the game where they selectively leak stuff that is not subject to cross-examination. Rigorous review. Check against documents and timelines.”

Hallie Jackson came back with the common spin heard on the Hill from Democrats and journalists: She commented how Republicans were on the panel and were permitted to ask cross-examination questions. Gaetz noted to her that while true, the results of those Republican queries are not made known.

“And that is all by design. It is not an accident that you and I are having this interview on terms that are very favorable to the Adam Schiff theory of the case,” said the Florida politician. “When John Ratcliffe asked questions that I think poked holes in the allegations that Taylor made, we don’t get the benefit of those. They weren’t leaked, and they weren’t in front of the American people -- and that’s the problem.”

This is the entire basis behind the group of GOP members who came into the hearing chambers last week. While the hearings are taking place according to practice, the results of those hearings and the questioning is not being made available, per Adam Schiff’s directive. This is a detail that was exposed after the sit-in that took place.

Matt Gaetz’s fellow House member Dan Crenshaw, R-Tex.  illustrated just how the information is being locked down. He first noted this section from the House Rules and Manual that details the accessibility of these impeachment inquiry hearings. As it reads: “Such records shall be the property of the House and each Member, Delegate, and the Resident Commissioner shall have access hereto.” 

Crenshaw then documented his attempt to actually gain access to the records. He was rebuffed from that attempt, and told “The Schiff Rule” was in place, which declares wrongly that only committee members will have access to that information.

Crenshaw has actually spoken with GOP members of the committee and had it explained how they too have attempted to obtain these documents, and even they have been prevented from gaining access. So Schiff is completely controlling the information flow from these hearings, and doing so in violation of House rules.

 “Where is the transparency?” Crenshaw asks rhetorically. “There’s none.”

At least there are a few Republicans on The Hill willing to cut through the gamesmanship and expose the sham that these impeachment meetings are becoming at the hands of Adam Schiff.

Brad Slager, a Fort Lauderdale freelance writer, wrote this story exclusively for Sunshine State News. He writes on politics and the industry and his stories appear in such publications as RedState and The Federalist.


Try again, troll. Your effort to dissemble my name is noted for the record.

Stuff it, punk!

'Nony at his intellectual best! Ha, ha, ha!

The leftwinger troll got out-trolled!  :-)    :-)

Got a real name, "Anonymous"? Might give an atom's worth of credibility to your "comment".

Which is more than the credibility that the Democrat party has.

It's the Republican president who has spewed 12,347 verifiable lies over the past 33 months, Joycie!

...says a follower of the fascist democRAT party.

Republicans actually have seats on Committees with access to witness testimony. Gaetz is and always has been a common thug - and this is another Gaetz stunt aimed at deflection, witness tampering, and witness intimidation. The GOP controls the Senate, and will vote on whether to impeach Trump for fundamental violation of his oath of office.

Your first statement is very misleading. Yes, some Republicans have seats on committees, but they do not have access to the written transcripts of testimony given in the impeachment inquiry. They also have been forbidden to talk about anything they hear in those hearings. However, the MSM has been given "selective" bits of testimony with which they plant "reports" that are supposed to give the whole story of the testimony, but is only giving bits that insinuate bad things about the President.

57 Democrats and 48 Republicans on the three committees investigating potential impeachment. The Republicans have access to EVERYthing that the Democrats have access to.

...a total lie

You damned fools, Taylor's own attorney released most of his testimony to the media. Turn off FoxNews and OAN and think for yourself dufus...

This is because the ultimate goal of the DNC is to crash the American economy because they feel that would give them a chance to gain more political power and eventually a communist/socialist dictatorship.

Would you rather a fascist Republican dictatorship, Sandy? Mussolini over Stalin?


No one has to INVENT bad things about trump. He is the very very very worst pres ever-no one else is close. Look them all up. There are a lot of forgetables.

I don't like "witness tampering", "witness coaching", "getting one's stories straight", tacit witness intimidation, and common thuggery to get what normally is secret in a Grand Jury proceeding (the equivalent to what is now going on). It's about truth seeking, not washing the facts to insure they conform to Trump's "story".

The most dangerous enemy of America is the fascist Democrat party.

This is so true, but the fascist Democrat party also excels in hating normal people.

Facism = A political philosophy based on ultra-nationalism, ultra-authoritarianism, ultra-militarism - and racism. Doesn't that sound w-a-y more like the Republican party, Jake??? It's the fascist Republican party that's the most dangerous enemy of America! Get a grip, Jake!

No, Jacob. It's "fascism" from the extremists of both the far left and far right.

Sure, we've all seen the fascism of the left (national socialists, democrats, etcetera), but the rest of America detests fascism.

Oh the Antifa troll emerges..jerry is busy this morning

Yup, the Antifa fascist strikes again.

No "antifa trolls", Charlotte. They're antifa patriots - resisting Republican fascism!

Excuse me while I demonstrate what happens when someone having a seizure tries to post left-wing propaganda.

Charlotte, you must have better things to do with the 2 hours it took to to write and spellcheck that comment.

Charlotte, you must have better things to do with the 2 hours it took to to write and spellcheck that comment.

Charlotte, you must have better things to do with the 2 hours it took to to write and spellcheck that comment.


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